I am getting adjusted to an entirely new routine and an entirely different way of working. The gift of no distractions....it is hard to put into words what this is worth. I feel slightly ashamed to say this, but - truly - it has been years since I have created like this.
With no agenda.
With no deadline.
Without a theme or a message.
Here's the other key - the ability to make a mess and leave it. I had no idea how much of an impact - a roadblock - this has been in my home studio, where I can only splatter, sand or spill so much.
I don't mean to complain and talk as if my home studio isn't full of magic and inspiration - which it is - but should I decide to move everything back home after my sub-lease is over in mid-August I am already figuring out what changes will need to be made there. And the changes are quite simple really. Easily solvable problems.
In the meantime, I know my time in this space this summer is going to open up my creativity and take it in new directions. I was there for six hours today and it went by in a snap, but I have work to show for it. I have multiple pieces in the works, that are taking form like nothing I've ever painted. This is not to say they are some kind of masterpiece creations, but they are bringing me great joy.
Earlier in this post, I lied. I am creating with an agenda:
To create objects of beauty.
That's all I want to do. I am happy to report, I think I'm on my way.
“Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson